- Title: Floods inundate tourist isles in Thailand
- Date: 6th December 2016
- Summary: KOH SAMUI, THAILAND (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE GUIDING BOAT CARRYING TOURISTS DOWN FLOODED ROAD CHINESE TOURISTS STANDING ON SIDE OF FLOOD ROAD, HOLDING UP BROKEN UMBRELLAS CHINESE TOURISTS WADING THROUGH FLOODWATERS, HOLDING UP BROKEN UMBRELLAS PEOPLE GUIDING BOAT CARRYING TOURISTS DOWN FLOODED ROAD TOURISTS GETTING OUT OF BOAT HEAVY RAIN, FLOODED ROAD TOURISTS GETTING OFF BOAT AS PEOPLE CARRY THEIR LUGGAGE TOURISTS WEARING PINK RAIN COVERS, HOLDING PINK AND PURPLE UMBRELLAS TOURISTS STANDING WITH LUGGAGE ON ROADSIDE PEOPLE HELPING TOURISTS COLLECT THEIR LUGGAGE AS THEY GET OFF BOAT (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED FRENCH TOURIST SAYING; "It's okay for me, I'm very good, but my girlfriend not really. It's okay, no problem. It's the life. We feel very safe here." UNIDENTIFIED FRENCH TOURIST SITTING ON A BOAT IN THE RAIN WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND AS PEOPLE PULL IT DOWN FLOODED ROAD FLOODED ROAD TOURISTS WADING THROUGH FLOODWATERS PEOPLE STANDING BEHIND MAKESHIFT FLOOD BARRIER AT THE ENTRANCE OF A BANK AND BAILING OUT WATER FLOODED BUSINESS AREA, HEAVY RAIN TOURISTS HOLDING UP BROKEN UMBRELLAS AND WADING THROUGH FLOODWATERS FLOODED ROAD TOURISTS HOLDING UP UMBRELLAS, WADING THROUGH FLOODWATERS AND SINGING
- Embargoed: 21st December 2016 08:24
- Keywords: Thailand flood water tourists floods luggage boat Koh Samui
- Location: KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
- City: KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BQWD39
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Floods in Thailand have killed 14 people and badly affected southern holiday islands as the country heads into the December-January high season for tourism.
A low pressure system has brought heavy rain to parts of the south including the islands of Samui and Pha Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand, and floods have also severed the rail link to the south and Malaysia beyond.
Koh Samui's tourism authorities organised flat-bottomed boats for those needing to get to and from the airport for their scheduled flights on Tuesday. The authorities said holiday-makers had not been evacuated and flooding had subsided in some areas.
"It's okay for me, I'm very good, but my girlfriend not really. It's okay, no problem. It's the life," said one French tourist before hopping on a boat.
The National Disaster Warning Centre said 14 Thai people had been killed in various accidents caused by the weather in different parts of the south.
December marks the beginning of the dry season when tourists descend on palm fringed beaches to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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